Saturday, May 31, 2008

Odd Can Be Beautiful

Paris is a genus of unusual woodland plants, cousins to trilliums. The genus name doesn't refer to the city, but rather comes from the root word
pars , referring to the symmetry of the leaves. The plant pictured, I obtained under the name Paris lancifolia; at first I was dubious about the correctness of this name (and I'm still not certain), for the few pictures I could find showed much thinner (more lanceolate) leaves. However, I have the impression now that plants from the southern reaches of its range in Taiwan have much thinner leaves than those from further north in Sichuan, China, where I assume my plant came from. At any rate, it's a lovely thing, if a bit odd. It stays in "bloom" for a long time, and it's one of those plants that nine out of ten garden visitors will walk right by, but when you point it out, they'll really like it.
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What's the scale on that ring of stamens? Dime sized is my guess, but I'd be interested to know what it is!
jenn... dime-sized is about right.
Another unusual stunner you have there, Don! I quite like this odd bloom, but I can see how people would just go by without noticing, but sometimes those can be intriguing blooms too. We finally got a very good close up of Holly in bloom and I was amazed they were that pretty and complex...
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